Victorian trends from the AEDC

Results from 2009, 2012, 2015 and 2018 data collections

The AEDC is a measure of young children’s development in their first year of full-time school and collected by teachers across all school sectors.

The 4th Wave of AEDC was collected in 2018, the first in 2009.

The AEDC data shows us how well children are faring and monitors developmental vulnerability over time. We can unpack these results with communities to understand what may be driving change.

Nearly 309,000 children participated in the AEDC in Australia in 2018
More than 76,000 children participated in the AEDC in Victoria in 2018

AEDC domains

The AEDC domains are:

  • Physical Health and Wellbeing
  • Social Competence
  • Language and Cognitive Skills
  • Communication Skills and General Knowledge
  • Emotional Maturity

In 2018 in Victoria, the highest developmental vulnerability was in social competence, and the lowest development vulnerability was in language and cognitive skills.

Physical health and wellbeing

Overall, developmental vulnerability increased between 2009 and 2018. Developmental vulnerability has increased since 2015.

2009, 7.7% | 2012, 7.8% | 2015, 7.9% | 2018, 8.2%
2009, 7.7% | 2012, 7.8% | 2015, 7.9% | 2018, 8.2%

Social competence

Developmental vulnerability has fluctuated between 2009 and 2018, and overall it has increased. There has been no significant change since 2015.

2009, 8.4% | 2012, 8.1% | 2015, 8.7% | 2018, 8.8%
2009, 8.4% | 2012, 8.1% | 2015, 8.7% | 2018, 8.8%

Language and cognitive skills

Overall, developmental vulnerability has increased between 2009 and 2018. There has been no significant change since 2015.

2009, 6.1% | 2012, 6.1% | 2015, 6.3% | 2018, 6.4%
2009, 6.1% | 2012, 6.1% | 2015, 6.3% | 2018, 6.4%

Emotional maturity

Developmental vulnerability has fluctuated between 2009 and 2018, and overall it has decreased. There has been no significant change since 2015.

2009, 8.3% | 2012, 7.2% | 2015, 8.0% | 2018, 8.1%
2009, 8.3% | 2012, 7.2% | 2015, 8.0% | 2018, 8.1%

Communication skills and general knowledge

Overall, developmental vulnerability decreased between 2009 and 2018.

There has been no significant change since 2015.

2009, 8.3% | 2012, 8.0% | 2015, 7.6% | 2018, 7.4%
2009, 8.3% | 2012, 8.0% | 2015, 7.6% | 2018, 7.4%

Vulnerability on one or more domains

Children in Victoria had overall lower developmental vulnerability on one or more domains compared to the rest of Australia.

Overall, developmental vulnerability on one or more domains has decreased between 2009 and 2018.

There has been no significant change since 2015.

2009, 20.3% | 2012, 19.5% | 2015, 19.9% | 2018, 19.9%
2009, 20.3% | 2012, 19.5% | 2015, 19.9% | 2018, 19.9%

About 1 in 5 children were developmentally vulnerable on one or more domains in 2018.

Find out more

For further information contact Catherine Nolan, Victorian AEDC Coordinator at nolan.catherine.m@edumail.vic.gov.au or visit AEDC resources